from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Past tense of fly1.

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  • v. Simple past of fly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. of fly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Preterit of fly.
  • See flue.
  • n. See flue.
  • n. A layer or fold of cloth as it comes from the loom.
  • n. See flue.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Then he can tell his grandchildren how he flew, really _flew_, "just like a bird."

    The Past Through Tomorrow

  • The label flew the artist to New York for a star-studded 1978 Carnegie Hall concert—after which Cuban-born bandleader Mongo Santamaria took Mr. Sandoval to the Village Vanguard, where he sat in with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis big-band.

    Keeping Those Big Bands Swinging

  • Those first three weeks at Redmond had seemed long; but the rest of the term flew by on wings of wind.

    Anne of the Island

  • So saying, the Robin flew from the thorn-tree to another part of the grounds, where he could amuse himself without interruption; and the Tortoise began to hustle under the leaves and rubbish again, with a view to taking his nap.

    Parables From Nature

  • When Captain North received Jason’s resignation letter, the word flew up the chain of command like electricity to a light bulb.

    A Dangerous Return

  • Pieces of plastiglass and metal flew from the vehicles, showering the sidewalk.

    NaNoWriMo: Tragedy « The Graveyard

  • A tear gas canister flew from the crowd and landed near the president.

    Ecuador Declares State of Emergency

  • After her Tea Party Convention speech this weekend, Sarah Palin flew to Houston to continue campaigning for herself.

    Think Progress » DeMint Appeases Beck On McCain, Threatens To Be His ‘Biggest Opponent’

  • The construction was lath and plaster, and chips of wood and chunks of plaster flew from the wall and lay strewn about the floor, the white dust settling in the cracks of the floorboards and the creases of his forehead.

    The Hole in the Wall « A Fly in Amber

  • It was a collection of nursery rhymes where the reader turned a wheel to watch the “mice run up the clock” and the “four and twenty blackbirds” flew from a pie.

    Robert Sabuda (copy)


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